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Optimising the benefits of strength training for endurance runners

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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About the Project

Strength training appears to be an effective stimulus for enhancing running economy and performance in endurance runners of varying levels of ability. Despite this apparent consensus, a number of questions remain unresolved that warrant further investigation in this area.

When performed concurrently as part of the same programme, the organisation of strength and endurance training that optimises outcomes is largely investigated. Moreover, several practicalities often restrict a runner’s ability to engage in strength training activity, therefore novel approaches to prescribing training may facilitate greater participation. Research in this area has typically used male participants, however the impact of specific issues relating to female runners is poorly understood.

This programme of research will aim to examine the acute effect of strength (or endurance) training on recovery and performance in subsequent training bouts, and the effect of novel loading strategies on physiological parameters, performance and bone health in endurance runners.

The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences has been ranked 1st in the world for sports-related subjects for the last three years (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, 2018 and 2019).

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College.

Entry requirements
You should have a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in sports science or a related subject area. A master’s degree is preferable.

How to apply
All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select 'Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences'. Please quote reference: SSEHS/RB.

The deadline for applications is 4 September 2020.

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